Jade Goody put son Bobby Brazier first – even during her final days

Jade Goody spent her finals days still caring for her son, even though she was drained after her ongoing struggle with terminal cancer.

The Big Brother star was just 27 when she tragically passed away, leaving her two sons, Bobby and Freddie, behind.

The boys, now aged 20 and 19 respectively, were her absolute world – Jade considered them her greatest achievement, despite plenty of her own successes after starring on the hit reality show.

When Jade first found out about her cancer diagnosis, her first thoughts were about her boys – with Jade opting to undergo a painful procedure in a bid to cure her cancer so she could watch Bobby and Freddie grow up, the Mirror reports.

But on Valentine's Day 2009, doctors told Jade her cancer had spread to her liver, bowel and groin, and was now considered terminal.

She was given months to lives, being admitted to a hospice after the drugs she was given caused hallucinations But Jade was thankfully able to return to her Essex home after her dining room was fitted with a hospital bed.

On February 22, Jade and her then-19 year old boyfriend Jack Tweed got married at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Essex – in front of 200 guests including Richard Madeley, Paul O'Grady, and Judy Finnigan.

With her health already declining rapidly, she stunned wedding-goers by not only finding the strength to walk down the aisle, but to dance on the tables during the celebration.

Her grandfather, John Craddock, spoke to the Mirror saying: "You should have seen her dancing with all those dolly birds.

"She was jumping up and down dancing like a jive bunny. It was brilliant. She had a wild time."

The day after, Jade was left drained and exhausted, but the wedding helped her find peace with the tragedy that was yet to come.

Speaking with OK! at the time, she said: "I've had the happiest day of my life. Now I'm ready to go to heaven."

After her wedding, she needed another operation to remove a bowel blockage before she returned home and began slipping in and out of consciousness.

Her husband Jack slept on the floor next to her hospital bed, and recalled how Jade would wake up singing or thinking "she was nursing a baby in her arms".

He told OK!: "She'd tell me to be quiet so I didn't wake the baby. I used to go along with it and pretend to take the baby and call Jackiey (Budden, Jade's mother) in and pretend to give the baby to her.

"I'd then ask Jade whether she was OK and she'd say: 'Yes that's fine, now I can sleep.'"

Worried she'd no longer recognise him and her sons, Jack would show her pictures and get her to identify who each person was.

She was still her cheeky self however, "She said, 'You, Bobby, Freddie, me … I’m not a f***ing idiot Jack!'

"So she was still having a go at me right until the end, but that made me happy, because that was Jade being Jade."

As her cancer progressed, she lost sight in one of her eyes and became unable to eat and speak. Her last words were about pineapples, the only food she was still able to stomach.

But in the final 48 hours of her life, she astounded doctors by doing something they thought was impossible.

Jade was drifting in and out of consciousness when she heard her son, Bobby, then five, crying in his sleep. She defied the doctors by using the last of her strength to get out of bed, climb the stairs of her Essex home, and put Bobby on her back, the Daily Record reports.

Her close friend Kevin Adams told The Sun: "She wasn't eating and the doctor said her health was deteriorating rapidly. But that night Jade got up, walked upstairs and pulled [Bobby] up onto her back and brought him to her hospital bed.

"The next day I told the doctor what had happened and she said, 'no Jade doesn't have the strength to do that because everything in her body is failing'.

"I told her that I saw it with my own eyes. She was able to do it because those kids meant everything to her. That memory will live with me forever, it is so special to me."

On the night doctors said would be Jade's last, Jack stayed in the front room, unable to watch his wife pass away.

He said: "It's horrible to watch someone you love struggling when there's nothing you can do to help.

"I kept going in to kiss her and check that she was breathing. But I knew it was going to happen that night. I just couldn't stay in the room.

"I wasn't asleep. I was just lying there waiting. I heard [her mum] Jackiey crying and I knew. I walked into the room, stroked her face, kissed her and broke down."

But before she went, she made sure her sons would know where to find her if they needed her. She told OK!: "I'm not sure they know what dying means, and in a way I don't want them to know the full ins and outs, I will be the brightest star in the sky for them, always looking over them and protecting them."

On March 22, 2009, which was Mother's Day, Jade passed away aged just 27.

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